He who seeks good finds goodwill,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
I don’t often quote a single verse out of context, but this one spoke to me this morning. I don’t think it needs a particular story or background or companion verses to go with it to make it any clearer. If we are looking for trouble we will find it!
I like to have friends around me who are positive, trustworthy, moral, and responsible. I don’t want to worry about what they will do next. I don’t want to look for their names in the police log or wince when I read their FB status. That doesn’t mean that I’m looking for perfect people or that I’m going to bail out on a friend who makes mistakes, but it does mean that I am trying to live a good life and I want to surround myself with others who are doing the same.
I also like to spend time in places that are likely to attract good people. With the exception of Walmart, you won’t find me in many places where I’m certain to encounter bad behaviors. I don’t hang out in bars or casinos, or attend rowdy parties or even some sporting events. I know where evil typically lurks and I’m not going to purposely expose my mind and my heart to it. I’m just selfish enough to not want the stress!
There are also books I won’t read, and movies and TV shows I won’t watch…not because I fear their influence, but because they are a waste of my time. Why seek out evil and then spend time trying to get it out of your head?
Many of the problems we encounter in life are the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. This is especially true when we are young and easily influenced by others. It takes a while for most of us to find our own path and not stray from it for promises of fame, fortune, or friendship. The older I get, the more I seek those people and places that contribute to my peace and joy.
What are you seeking?